Recently acquired pitcher Alex Hinshaw started the ninth inning and gave up five runs without recording an out. His ERA with the Cubs is now 135.00. It will remain there as the Cubs designated him assignment yesterday. Lendy Castillo took over for Hinshaw and was able to get two outs, but he also gave up four runs. The rookie's ERA is now 10.64.
But thanks to Joe Mather, the final out was recorded and the final score was 15-4.
The last Cub position player to take the mound prior to Mather was Gary Gaetti in 1999. He gave up two runs in an inning of work, but did record a strikeout too.
Doug Dascenzo pitched four times over a two year span and was even shown on a card pitching. That's the real deal, not one of my homemade jobs.
Being a Cub fan leads to some interesting dichotomies....There are six months during which you can hardly wait for the season to begin...and a few months into the season you can hardly wait for it to end!